Somewhere, the Winklevoss twins are sitting in chintzy, antique high-backed chairs, in front of a dreary fireplace, drinking dark, deep liquor, blanketed in mournful cigar smoke sticking to the faded drawing room drapes, and… cursing.
What makes America great is the fact that a company that made it possible for you to stalk your exes is now worth $150B.
Unless by some freak of quantum physics time happened to pass by so slowly I got stuck in 1984 (a year before I was born), my computer clock tells me it’s 2012.
SOPA, It’s Not The Singular Form of Sopas (Soup)
On Twitter, that bastion of intelligible, succinct free speech, I have bemoaned the seeming ignorance and indifference of Filipinos in general to political and legal movements related to Information Technology. A handful of the hardcore tech bloggers have been aware of such issues, but local media did not start covering SOPA until the Wikipedia blackout plan spread like wildfire. A handful of Twitter denizens in my network shared my sentiments (and gave me the section title). Facebook friends have posted links but have offered little in the way of intelligent discussion, although perhaps that is an indication of the general dumbness scourge of that site.
The freetard phenomenon started when I coded as a student. Back then, I couldn’t afford to buy expensive software; I had to be ingenious enough to accomplish marvels of systems architecture such as a random number generator machine project. The university provided enough crutches to support the mendicants in its mostly high-income student population, provided you were patient and vicious enough to elbow your way into the crowded computer labs. 50+ students sharing one WACOM Intuos, one Mac G4 with the coveted Final Cut Pro, and frigging waitlists to get into the photography darkroom.